Lakeridge Middle School continues modified lockdown due to bear sighting | UPDATE

Lakeridge Middle School was put on lockdown at approximately 9:30 a.m. this morning after a bear was spotted near the school.

A bear was sighted near Lakeridge Middle School.

This is an on-going story and will be updated throughout the day.

Update – May 20, 9:55 a.m.

Lakeridge Middle School is continuing to be in modified lockdown after a bear sighting near the school yesterday.

District Communications Manager Sarah Gillispie said student arrival at the school today went normally, except for those who normally use the walking trail near the school, which is closed for the time being due to the bear sighting.

Parents and students who use the trail should find an alternate route, Gillispe said.

Sgt. Ted Jackson of the Department of Fish and Wildlife said there were no updates on the situation.

The department has not set up a live trap in an attempt to catch the bear.

Original post – May 19, 10:12 a.m.

Lakeridge Middle School was put on lockdown at approximately 9:30 a.m. this morning after a bear was spotted near the school.

Sumner School District Communications Manager Sarah Gillispie said the modified lock down means students and teachers are able to move around inside the school, but are not allowed to leave the area.

According to Gillespie, Pierce County Sheriffs are already on the scene, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife is en route.

She said the school will be taking direction from law enforcement on how to proceed.

The district is anticipating the modified lockdown to be in effect for the rest of the day.

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